Risk Management in the OTP – October 17, 2004

2004 Pre-Conference Session

PowerPoint Presentation

  • Barbara A.M. Maloney, Esq.
    Barbara A.M. Maloney, Esq., PLLC
    Auburn, NH
  • Catherine H. O’Neill, Esq.
    Legal Action Center
    New York, NY

Health care risk management programs emerged 30 years ago in direct response to the malpractice crises of the 1970s. The programs were specifically developed as loss prevention techniques for the risks associated with accidental losses facing health care organizations. AATOD has concluded that methadone treatment programs can benefit from an effective risk management training program, in ways that are similar to the benefits that have accrued to other health care providers. In addition, accreditation has encouraged individualized patient care and developed opportunities for programs to better organize their administrative structure, further supporting risk management as well.

This Pre-Conference session will introduce OTP practitioners to the key elements of a risk management program and how they can be directly applied to work with methadone treatment programs. Programs will also get the most current information available about leading legal risks to methadone treatment program operations in addition to a discussion of some critical court cases that have affected methadone treatment programs at present and can have an effect in the future.

The session will consider topics as they apply to specific issues including:

• What happens to the program when adverse events occur
• Scope of risk management
• Common risk identifiers
• Setting priorities, facts to consider
• Risk Prevention
• Risk Minimization
• Claims management
• Developing proactive legal strategies
• Patients’ confidentiality rights
• Methadone treatment programs’ liability for patients’ actions

Supported by David Szerlip and Associates
Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment



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